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Marielito

[ mahr-ee-uh-lee-toh; Spanish mah-rye-lee-taw ]
/ ˌmɑr i əˈli toʊ; Spanish ˌmɑ ryɛˈli tɔ /
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noun, plural Ma·ri·e·li·tos [mahr-ee-uh-lee-tohz; Spanish mah-rye-lee-taws]. /ˌmɑr i əˈli toʊz; Spanish ˌmɑ ryɛˈli tɔs/.
a refugee from Cuba who came to the U.S. in 1980 as part of a mass migration that sailed from Mariel, Cuba.
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Origin of Marielito

First recorded in 1980–85; from Latin American Spanish (Cuba), equivalent to Mariel, the port from which the migration began + -ito noun suffix, usually diminutive
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